Manchester City have already communicated their willingness to spend up to £100m on Harry Kane, who Daniel Levy values at £150m
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New Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been assured that Harry Kane will not be sold without his blessing.
But Kane is expected to reiterate his desire to leave Spurs in person to chairman Daniel Levy after the European Championship, with England – captained by Kane – currently preparing for their quarter-final tie against Ukraine on Saturday.
The 27-year-old communicated his desire to leave Spurs this summer ahead of the Euros and the appointment of former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Espirito Santo is unlikely to have changed his stance.
Espirito Santo has been told that Kane will not leave Tottenham unless he believes he can improve the squad with any incoming fee.
Manchester City have already communicated their willingness to spend up to £100million on Kane, who Levy values at £150m.
Tottenham have also been provided with a list of players City would be prepared to give them first refusal on, including Raheem Sterling, who is currently starring for England at the Euros.
But Sterling is not prepared to be used as a makeweight and Tottenham would not be able to afford the forward’s wages in any case.
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Kane believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with Levy that he can leave this summer, but it is unlikely that the Spurs chairman recognises any such deal.
Instead, he is determined to try to hold on to Kane for at least one more season unless Espirito Santo or managing director of football Fabio Paratici advises Levy to cash in and rebuild the entire squad with the proceeds.
That is unlikely to happen, meaning Kane will face a battle if he remains determined to leave Tottenham this year.
Kane is expected to speak to Levy privately about the situation once the Euros is over to reiterate his desire to go and find out whether or not there is any room for manoeuvre.
It remains to be seen whether he would be willing to go as far as handing in a transfer request or refusing to play in pre-season.
As well as Sterling, City have alerted Spurs to the availability of Aymeric Laporte but Tottenham are instead working on a deal to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
It is understood Spurs have offered in the region of £12.9m for Bologna's Takehiro Tomiyasu
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It is understood Spurs have offered in the region of £12.9m for the Japan international and, although the Italian club want closer to £15m, a deal is expected to be agreed.
Just as he pushed through Tottenham’s move for Espirito Santo, a candidate the club had earlier passed on, Paratici is believed to be driving the interest in Tomiyasu, who has also been a target of Atalanta.
Tomiyasu can play in the centre defence or at right-back, which will push Serge Aurier further towards the Spurs exit door.